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Jennifer Ryan (2)

Autor(a) de The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

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Obras por Jennifer Ryan

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir (2017) 1,267 exemplares
The Kitchen Front (2021) 499 exemplares
The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle (2022) 340 exemplares
The Spies of Shilling Lane (2019) 290 exemplares
The Underground Library (2024) 101 exemplares


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Jennifer Ryan is the author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and The Spies of Shilling Lane and lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and two children. Originally from Kent and then London, she was previously a nonfiction book editor.



I knew when I read the summary that "The Wedding Dress Circle" would be a delightfully heartwarming and feel-good book. I was not wrong. If you're not in the mood for any depressing historical fiction, you can definitely count on this book. That in itself is a gem. The three main characters were all distinct and interesting. My main complaint is that the main moment of development for each character happens off stage. There is a lot of telling throughout the book and it doesn't do the work to develop those moments or relationships. I wondered while I was reading if this bothered me and the answer is yes and no. It bothers me because I was taught to expect more, but it also didn't because the book is what it is. It delivers on being cute and exactly what you expect from it based on the summary. It's a Hallmark-level historical fiction, but I think there's value in that and I'm interested in reading some of the authors other books.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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caaleros | 28 outras críticas | May 17, 2024 |
Another good read from Jennifer Ryan. Of course, any book about books or libraries is always going to be good for me! This is historical fiction about the library in Bethnal Green which was bombed in the early part of WW2 and moved into the underground train station. Told from the POV of three young women; Juliet Lansdown, the deputy librarian; Katie Upwood, who also works at the library and Sofie Baumann, a young Jewish refugee, we're immersed into this story.
Dianekeenoy | 14 outras críticas | May 13, 2024 |
A heartwarming wartime story set in Fenley Village, England in 1942. The Kitchen Front was a real-life BBC radio show that ran during the war, giving recipes and advice on how to make the rations stretch to make a tasty family meal. In the book the show runs a cooking contest to recruit a new female presenter with four contestants. Lady Gwendoline Strickland is determined to win the accolades for herself, to impress everyone, but also in part to carve out something in her life that is separate to her overbearing husband. Her maid Nell Brown, coached by head cook Mrs Quince also enters the contest. Nell is held back by her lack of confidence and shyness, and pressure by the lady of the manor to leave the winning to her employer. Lady Gwendoline’s estranged sister Audrey also enters. Audrey is a war widow, struggling to raise her three boys and keep a roof over their head. Lastly there is flamboyant and ambitious chef from London, Zelda Dupont. Zelda is determined nothing will stand in her way to win the prize she hopes will let her overcome the glass ceiling and become head chef in a restaurant. The story follows the lives and hardships of each of the women and their interactions with each other. A wonderful, feel good story that sheds some light on life in wartime Britain. I can only imagine making a 2 square inch piece of cheese last for a week, and I had no idea the rations in England lasted until 1954.

The audiobook narrated by Jasmine Blackborow was most enjoyable.
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mimbza | 46 outras críticas | May 11, 2024 |
Spies in World War I and Jane Entwistle narrating! Make it a series, please, please PLEASE!
Can you tell I liked it?
TraSea | 17 outras críticas | Apr 29, 2024 |



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